The cremated remains of James Doohan ("Scotty" of Star Trek fame) and 200 others, were lost in the mountains of New Mexico after a brief trip into space.
Family and friends had waited over two years to send Doohan's remains into space. A UP Aerospace rocket launched on April 28 with its payload, went into sub-orbital flight, and then vanished. The flight was successful, but the rocket's components, along with the ashes, parachuted into New Mexico's mountainous landscape and have not been found.
"The steep canyons and mountain terrain reflects the radio frequency making directional finding almost impossible," wrote UP Aerospace president Jerry Larson at Live Science Blogs.